Slayer announce memorial event for Jeff Hanneman

Slayer have revealed the details of an event due to take place in memory of their late guitarist, Jeff Hanneman.

According to a statement posted on their official Facebook page, the event will take place on Thursday May 23rd at the Hollywood Palladium in LA. The event will start at 3:30pm with a 7:30pm finish and will be open to all ages. Entry will be free and granted on a first-come-first-serve basis but limited based on the venue capacity.

Alongside this announcement, Slayer also wrote a few words summarizing what Jeff meant to them:

Jeff Hanneman helped shape Slayer’s uncompromising thrash-metal sound as well as an entire genre of music. His riffs of fury and punk-rock attitude were heard in the songs he wrote, including Slayer classics “Angel of Death,” “Raining Blood,” “South of Heaven” and “War Ensemble.” Hanneman co-founded Slayer with fellow-guitarist Kerry King, bassist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo in Huntington Park, CA in 1981. For more than 30 years, Hanneman was the band member who stayed out of the spotlight, rarely did interviews, amassed an impressive collection of World War II memorabilia, was with his wife Kathy for nearly three decades, shut off his phone and went incommunicado when he was home from tour, did not want to be on the road too late into any December as Christmas was his favorite holiday, and, from the time he was about 12 years old, woke up every, single day with one thing on his mind: playing the guitar.

Slayer will play a headlining slot at Bloodstock Festival this August in the UK.

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